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About The Regional Conference

IABC is proud to present the 2nd FUSION Regional Conference for business communicators in Asia Pacific region, one of the most culturally and geographically diverse regions in IABC. Our goal is to connect communicators across the APAC region and the world to inspire, create connections, foster best practices, and promote leadership in the communications profession.

IABC is grounded in creating connections around knowledge, experiences, ideas and people. These connections drive innovation and enable you, and the communication profession, to rise and be recognized for the contributions you make to your organizations.

Keynote Speakers

Tracey Spicer

Tracey Spicer is an author, journalist and broadcaster who has anchored programs for ABC TV, Network Ten, Channel 9, Sky News and Radio 2UE.

Renowned for the courage of her convictions, passion for social justice, and commitment to equality, she also has a wicked sense of humour. Currently, she works as a columnist for Fairfax, presentation trainer for Outspoken Women and the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, and media trainer at Spicer Communications. She appears regularly as a commentator on ABC TV and Channel 9.

Tracey has written, produced and presented documentaries for NGOs in Bangladesh, Kenya, Uganda, Papua New Guinea, and India, and the National Breast Cancer Foundation in Australia. She is an Ambassador for ActionAid, World Vision, NSW Cancer Council, QUT’s Learning Potential Fund and SISTER2sister, and Patron of the Pancreatic Cancer Alliance.

Her essays have appeared in dozens of books including Women of Letters, She’s Having a Laugh, Father Figures, Unbreakable, and Bewitched & Bedevilled: Women Write the Gillard Years, while her TEDx Talk, The Lady Stripped Bare, has attracted more than 2.5 million views.

The 50-year-old is the co-founder and national convenor of Women in Media, a nationwide mentoring and networking group, backed by the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance. Her first book, The Good Girl Stripped Bare, became a bestseller within weeks of publication in April 2017.

Anne Gregory

Professor Anne Gregory is Chair in Corporate Communication at the University of Huddersfield in UK and Adjunct Professor at RMIT in Melbourne.

She has led numerous specialist research and consultancy programs for public and private sector clients, particularly for the UK Government where her work has led to Government policy documents and capability-building initiatives.  She remains an advisor to UK Government having completed three attachments and is currently working on the Senior Talent Programme for Government, which seeks to build capability in the most senior communicators. She is a formal Reviewer of Government Departmental communication and has advised both the South African and New South Wales Governments on capability development.

Professor Gregory is the Anne is a recent Chair of the Global Alliance and Director of the Global Capabilities Framework research project. The Framework has been adopted by the Global Alliance of Public Relations and Communication Management, which is the confederation of the professional bodies worldwide and is being used by them to benchmark capability in the profession internationally. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations’ (CIPR) Artificial Intelligence Panel.

She is the author of over 80 books, book chapters and academic and popular journal articles. She has been awarded the Sir Stephen Tallents Medal by the CIPR for her outstanding contribution to the profession.

Shawn Callahan

Shawn is the author of the award-winning Putting Stories to Work and one of the world’s leading business storytelling consultants. He is the founder of Anecdote, the world’s largest business storytelling enterprise that operates in over 20 countries in 10 languages. He works around the world helping leaders find and tell their stories so their message is clear and memorable. He has had the privilege to assist Global 1000 companies such as IBM, Shell, Mars and KPMG.

He started his working life as a geographer and archaeologist, then moved into information technology with the likes of Oracle and IBM. His story work began in 1999 while he was still with IBM, applying complexity theory to business issues. It was a time when story-based approaches to leadership development and employee engagement were definitely on the fringe, but that was soon to change.

In 2004 Shawn founded Anecdote with the clear purpose of restoring humanity to the workplace, using story work as its method. This includes helping companies craft and tell their strategic story, teaching business leaders and sellers to be better storytellers, and collecting stories – a technique harking back to Shawn’s archaeology days – so that employees can work out for themselves what needs to change. It is an approach that continues to break new ground.

The Speakers

Meet the Speakers

Annette Glenister

General Manager, NAB

Annette Glenister, NAB’s GM, Group Employee Communication presents a unique perspective on communicating with purpose.

    Claire Gleghorn

    General Manager, Bastion Reputation Management

    Clare is the General Manager of Bastion Reputation Management, with more than 12 years' experience in private and listed companies and governments in Australia and the UK.

    Danielle Bond

    Marketing & Communications Leader, Aurecon

    Danielle Bond has worked for engineers, accountants and lawyers and understands that a successful brand can only be built with an engaged workforce.

    Darren Sibson

    Digital & Social Media Manager, ANZ

    Darren Sibson is a corporate communications specialist with a focus on executive social and digital content strategy, amplification, distribution and advocacy.

    Dinesh Rudra

    Visual Workplace Communications Specialist

    Dinesh is a passionate Visual Workplace Communications Specialist.

    Genevieve Hilton

    Leader of Crisis Communications

    Leader of crisis communications readiness in 17 markets in Asia Pacific for the world's leading chemical company.

    Helen Blunden

    Founder, Activate Learning Solutions

    Helen helps people activate the way they learn, connect and collaborate with each other when their workplace is under constant change and transformation. Teaching them the skills and behaviours to sel

    Janine Yeates

    Senior Account Manager of Ellis Jones

    Janine is a senior leader in the agency’s health and ageing practice and is an experienced strategic communicator with competencies in research, branding, and integrated marketing.

    Jayne Dullard

    Principal of Jayne Dullard Communications

    Jayne is a former journalist, executive and company CEO with more than 10 years experience as a senior business communicator.

    Kristin Flor Perret

    Vice President of Marketing, WE Communications

    Kristin has more than two decades of experience leading startups, mid-size enterprises, Fortune 100 companies and agencies through dramatic change and growth.

    Lama Tayeh

    Founder & CEO, LULUMPR

    Lama is the Founder & CEO of LULUMPR. She’s a leading industry voice on Global Technology, Media & Communications.

    Louisa Coppel

    Director, The Big Picture Strategic Services

    Get your team smarter with communications strategy in this session with Louisa Coppel from The Big Picture Strategic Services, a trainer and facilitator in the public and not-for-profit sectors.

    Natalie Hardwicke

    Social Business Consultant

    Natalie is a digital workplace “practitioner-researcher”; a hybrid of consultant and technology philosopher exploring the impacts disruptive technology has on employee work practices.

    Penny Edmondson

    Director, M&P Partners

    Penny is an experienced communications professional with 20 years experience working in corporate affairs, employee engagement, brand and advertising roles both in the UK and Australia.

      Rhod Ellis-Jones

      Principal of Ellis Jones

      A business improvement and communication strategist with diverse experience advising major public and private companies, governments and not-for-profit organisations.

      Susan Stewart

      Global Change Manager, Unispace

      With nearly 20 years' experience, challenging the boundaries and enabling organisations to succeed with exceptional change and communication strategies is what motivates Susan Stewart.

      Wayne Aspland

      Principal, The Content Factory

      Wayne is a writer and consultant with more than 15 years-experience in communications, corporate strategy, transformation and digital. He uses communications to help organisations think about, talk ab

      Zora Artis

      CEO, 3AC and Director, IABC International Executive Board.

      Passionate communicator and problem solver. I love to connect the dots, and find opportunity where others see problems.

      Event tickets

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      Early Bird

      A$ 590

      (Member Rate)

      A$ 890

      (Fusion + Membership)

      A$ 920


      • Full 2 Days Conference Access
      • Conference Dinner


      A$ 740

      (Member Rate)

      A$ 1,040

      (Fusion + Membership)

      A$ 1,100


      • Full 2 Days Conference Access
      • Conference Dinner


      A$ 150

      • Conference Dinner

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